Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

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Global Warming

Wetter Tropics

NASA says Earth’s tropical climates are likely to experience more rainfall than predicted as the planet continues to warm, even as the region’s high clouds thin out in the decades ahead.

In a counterintuitive process of heating and cooling, less high cloudiness means the air above the tropical surface would actually cool without those clouds capping in the heat below.

Researchers say this would alter Earth’s “energy budget” and create more tropical rainfall. Most climate models have failed to factor in this process, thus underestimating future tropical rainfall.

Wildlife

Late Nesting Habits

Birds and bumblebees that nest later in the year are under threat and declining in population because of habitat losses.

Researchers from the University of Exeter discovered that species that nest in April or May rather than in February or March are disappearing more rapidly. A loss of wild shrubs and trees that line fields and roads, along with disappearing meadows in many countries, are factors in the declining populations.

“Fighting over nest sites may be part of the reason — when nest sites are hard to come by, the species that will suffer most are those that nest later in the year,” said researcher Andrew Higginson.

Disease

Measles in the Ukraine

Ukraine has reported an increase in measles cases in 2017, according to the Public Health Center (PHC) of Ukraine Thursday (computer translated). The current case count stands at 735, and the vaccination rates are very poor, according to health officials. In 2016, only 45 percent of children in Ukraine were vaccinated against measles.